If you’ve ever survived a scorching Los Angeles summer, you know sweating serves an important purpose – cooling us down. But embarrassing excessive sweat can feel anything but cool. If you find yourself constantly applying deodorant, soaking through shirts, or wiping your brow, you might have a common condition called hyperhidrosis.
Fortunately, there are treatment options. If you’re dealing with excessive sweating, Westchester Dermatology Medical Clinic can create a plan to help you ditch the pit stains for good.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
The first step to finding a treatment that works is determining the cause of your hyperhidrosis. Some excessive sweating is caused by faulty nerve signals that trigger sweat glands to become overactive. This type of hyperhidrosis can run in families.
Other factors that contribute to excessive sweating include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Certain medications
- Menopause or hormonal changes
- Certain types of cancer
- Active infections
If an underlying condition is responsible for your hyperhidrosis, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sherri Peace can coordinate with your primary care physician to work towards a solution.
How Do I Stop Sweating So Much?
Your excessive sweat treatment will likely start with managing any underlying conditions. For example, medication or talk therapy might reduce your hyperhidrosis if you have generalized anxiety disorder. Those going through menopause could find relief from nighttime sweating with hormone replacement medications.
If over-the-counter deodorants aren’t doing the trick, our providers can recommend a prescription antiperspirant for the underarms or prescription creams and wipes for the face and body. If you want a solution that lasts longer than deodorant, BOTOX® injections might also be used under your armpits to block the nerves that cause sweating for up to six months. Certain oral medications can also counteract hyperhidrosis, including nerve-blocking pills or antidepressants.
Schedule Your Los Angeles Hyperhidrosis Consultation
Hyperhidrosis can be uncomfortable and impact your self-esteem, but you may not have to live with this condition. At Westchester Dermatology Medical Clinic, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Peace and her team of highly skilled providers can create a treatment plan to reduce your excessive sweating. Schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles, California office by calling 310-645-6001.